Rent control is a hot topic in the Bay Area right now and preservation strategies are an important part of the mix when looking at solutions to the affordable housing crisis. NPH feels it is important for communities to look at what is happening in their area and to use the solutions that best meet their needs.
From 2007-2015, San Francisco gained 4,978 affordable units, but lost 3,278 for a net gain for only 1,700 affordable homes. Preserving affordable housing is important because the shortfall in homes is already so big and cities are constantly losing affordable units either through the expiration of deed-restrictions or through things like condo conversions.
Many of our subregional partners, including CCHO in San Francisco, EBHO in the East Bay and HLC in San Mateo, as well as our coalitions partners Public Advocates, Public Interest Law Project and Silicon Valley Law Foundation, work on preserving the affordability of market-rate units so that people can stay in their homes. For more information on the range of those tools, including no-net loss laws, just cause/fair rent eviction protections, limits on capital improvement and debt service pass throughs, please click on our partners’ sites.